[JPL] Zawinul, Cannonball & the Panthers (and Hendrix)

Eric Jackson eric-jackson at comcast.net
Thu Sep 13 11:41:28 EDT 2007

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> Subject: [JPL] Zawinul, Cannonball & the Panthers
> I heard the same thing about Miles [should be] replacing McLaughlin back
> then, with a similar response. 
> PG:
> Yeah, but Miles had already taken shit for hiring Bill Evans...
> Jazzrockworld:
> There's probably some history with Jimi Hendrix and the Experience along
> the
> same lines, which may have led to the Band of Gypsys line-up (just
> guessing). 

I don't recall which film right now but in one of the films I've seen on 
Hendrix they claim he was questioned by some more militant members of 
the African American community for having white band members. I can't 
recall if it was the Panthers or someone else.

> PG:
> Nah, Hendrix put the "Experience" band together when he was living in
> London. There were problems, apparently, from the get-go - Noel Redding
> was a guitarist, not a bassist, and although the gig was probably the
> only thing we'll ever really remember him for, he wanted to be more in
> the limelight - out front - in other words. Although they made some very
> forward recordings for that time, both Redding and Mitchell were
> dissatisfied that they didn't have more of a role in the direction of
> the group.

I always liked Mitch Mitchell's playing. He even talked about his love 
of Elvin Jones.

> Jimi had played with lots of black musicians before leaving the states
> for his stay in England, when he put The Experience together. You can

I have lps by Hendrix with Little Richard, The Isley Brothers, Curtis 
Knight, Lonnie Youngblood and others.

> see in the later recordings that he was doing a return to roots kind of
> thing - focusing on the blues, in particular. Electric Ladyland is
> Jimi's "White Album" in many respects, where you can see him exploring
> more of his interests (beyond the psychedelic sound), and the blues
> plays really heavy on that album. It's the last recording he did with
> The JH Experience. He built his studio (Electric Ladyland) and just
> started inviting everyone he knew over for sessions...that's how that
> album came together...the material on it is half Experience, half jam
> sessions...

I also have an interesting Hendrix jam on lp. He's playing with a flute 
player, a conga player and some sort of electric keyboard. Very 
different music than what was commercially released.

> It seems clear to me that if he had lived longer, he would have returned
> to more experimental sounds. And it is well documented that Miles wanted
> to bring Jimi into the band - I think they did do some jamming together
> (right? - I've read a few of those Miles biographies/autobiographies,
> and I can't remember the details, apart from Miles believing that Jimi
> was "the greatest guitarist alive"). It's too bad (for so many reasons)
> that he didn't live longer. I wonder what Bitches Brew would have
> sounded like with Jimi on it...I'm obviously not the first person to
> wonder such things.

I'm not sure if Miles and Hendrix ever did get to play together. I 
didn't think they did. I have also heard rumors of Hendrix and Rahsaan 
Roland Kirk jamming. Although I haven't heard it in a long time, I have 
a tape of a lengthly jam session with Hendrix and John McLaughlin.

Eric Jackson
Mon - Thurs 8 pm - mid.
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